It is two weeks till the end of the school holidays,

My brain hurts from trying to keep the kids occupied in lots of ways.

We have loom banded enough to decorate our arms for weeks.

The paddling pool is exhausted and full of leaks.

 

So what to do as the days go by.

Reading is deemed boring, the kids want to make something that will fly.

Then we hear of a competition, that they can all join in.

And all we need is something we can usually find in the bin.

 

We are going to build a rocket, and work really hard.

Using loo rolls, glitter, and possibly extra card.

If they do their best, and make it look smashing.

They could win an iPod nano and hear all the songs they like to sing.

 

The challenge has been set by Rocket Bingo

They want to see our best loo roll rocket, and we plan on showing them so.

We have looked on their site and think we can do better.

Plus we need something to do as the weather gets wetter.

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We have till August 31st to make a rocket our of rolls.

It should take up at least some of the hols.

We are making four, to give us each a shot.

They are going to be awesome, and smoking hot.

 

If you want to know more, and join in the fun.

Head to the site, where there is also Bingo to be won.

You just need to make your rocket look fab.

But…  If you win over me, I will be extremly mad!

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You can join in Rocket Bingos Loo Roll Rocket Challenge here.

They are hosting a competition on Facebook where they are asking you to create your very own ‘Loo Roll Rocket’. It does have to have ‘Rocket Bingo’ written on it, but you can be as creative as you like!

Once you have made your masterpiece, you’ll need to take a snap of yourself or your pet holding the rocket and upload it to their Facebook photo contest and start the caption with your Rocket Bingo username (that part will take you about 2 mins!).

The three runners up will win £5.00 worth of Amazon vouchers each or a copy of Elton John’s album Rocket Man! The winner an iPod 7th Gen

Full terms are on the site!

Good luck!

 

Are you the UK’s most outgoing family who has fun and deserves a holiday? Choice Hotels is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to star in its new promotional video and get to stay for four nights in Blackpool for free!

We recently reviewed the Cliffs hotel, and had an amazing time.  You can read about it here.  If you want to visit for your self, read on to see how you can win a trip and become a star!

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Taking place at the renowned Cliffs Hotel on Blackpool’s promenade, Choice Hotels will be producing its latest marketing video, where you and your family could be the stars! In one of Britain’s well-loved and longest running tourist destinations, you will become actors and directors, capturing your family, the hotel and its facilities.

the cliffs

In addition to the four night stay the winning family will be provided a video camera, delivered prior to the stay, to record the preparations and excitement for the holiday. You will film yourselves packing suitcases, the journey to Blackpool, including games, snacks and maybe even dad having a nap. Once in Blackpool you will give a first-hand account of your first impression of the hotel, your accommodation, the pool and spa facilities as well as the kids club. kids kept entertained at dinner

Included in this incredible opportunity is four nights accommodation in a sea view room at The Cliffs Hotel. The hotel offers a number of facilities, including indoor swimming pool and spa; air conditioned gym and weights room; café bar and free wifi internet access. Evenings will be spent enjoying a three course meal in the recently refurbished, contemporary buffet-style restaurant. Once you’ve dined you can enjoy a night of live entertainment with fantastic compere, singers and dancers.

Kids club

In addition, a professional film crew will accompany you to the excursions and activities undertaken, giving your family their five minutes of fame.

If you are a superstar family create a 60 second audition video for the nationwide campaign and upload it onto YouTube, emailing a link to rachel@writeanglepr.co.uk, showing your family’s shining personalities, showcasing why you want to holiday in Blackpool and why you should become the new faces of Choice Hotels. You have until 13 July to enter, make it count!

Terms and conditions apply, please see the Choice Hotels website for further details:http://www.choicehotels.co.uk/

Living with kids can be really expensive.  Even if you pop out to the local shop with them to pick up some milk, it is likely that they will see a barrage of magazines, chocolates and sweets that they want to have…

And don’t even get me started on after school activities and how much they can eat!

But should fun come with a price tag?  Is it possible to have fun with kids for less than a fiver?

Let’s find out…

Wilson Field have issued a challenge to a group of bloggers – can we have fun for less than a fiver…

Family time is really important to us, and we often find ourselves looking for things to do outside of the family home without paying attention to what fun we can have without even leaving the house.

1. Cooking up a treat.

We grabbed our chef’s hats and our wooden spoons and launched into an afternoon of baking.  We made biscuits, some tasty, some not.  Eccles cakes, and an inedible pie.

We had a ball (although the clean up was extensive).  The kids loved making food they could actually eat and most importantly we did it together.


Total financial cost: £4.32 (ingredients)
Time spent as a family: 2 hours
Time mum spent cleaning up: 12-16. (Flour goes everywhere)

2. Going on a monster hunt.
Adventure can be found in every aspect of life when you have kids, so harness their imagination and take them out hunting for monsters.

We tramped to the fields near out home, sourced large sticks and started pursuing monsters in the undergrowth.

We found monster pooh (terribly exciting when only small), evidence of a Bigfoot fire, and we scared ourselves witless telling tales of how the monsters would gobble us up if he found us.
We finished the afternoon with a cuddle and The Gruffalo story and everyone was smiling.

Total financial cost: £0

Time spent as a family: 4 hours

3. Movie magic

I know TV is supposedly bad for you, but movie nights at our house are great fun.

We make our own popcorn, pull the duvets from the beds, seal the curtains and settle down with five of us on a three seater sofa.  We will all quite happily watched something recorded from the TV so we don’t have to spend pennies on the picture.

Watching TV may not be great, but the cuddles I get certainly are!

Financial cost: £1.94
Time spent as a family: 3 hours (longer if we watch Titanic)

So yes, in my opinion, you can have loads of fun for little or no money at all!  Usually all kids want is for you to step away from the housework and give them your time. Not your money!

Other ideas for quick, thrifty fun activities include…

As soon as the sun shines, grab a picnic and hit the park.  Join in on the swings and slides and have a ball.

Make a den: get all spare bed linen and towels and make additional spaces to sleep under cover.

Get on your bikes – literally

Play a board game (c’mon we all have hundreds).

Read stories together.

Make your own treasure hunt in the house.

Star in your own movie, use a video camera to film your daily antics and learn how to edit online.

Play tag (be warned it is exhausting).

Create a novel together.

Have an indoor disco, turn down the lights and go wild.

Go out for a run.

Play school.

Play Mums and Dads (this is my daughters favourite).

Play football

Look up stupid facts on the internet – who can find the daftest?

Make paper airplanes and see whose flies the furthest.

Do you dread the sound of the alarm angrily screaming in your ear in a morning.

Does the sleep function work a little too well?

Do you often start the day in a bad mood, jolted from sleep by a buzzer than doesn’t understand the concept of kind?

If so, then boy, have I got the solution for you.

Meet Lumie Bodyclock Go.

The bedside light and alarm that wakes you up in the morning with all the gentleness of a sunrise. Even with birds tweeting if you want the full effect,  and you can win one on the blog today.

The new Lumie Bodyclock Go is an alarm clock which wakes you up naturally with a gradually brightening 30 minute sunrise.  It has a base in science, the light causes your body to ease off production of sleep hormones and increase your cortisol levels to help you get up and go.

You can also use the sunset setting, which works in opposition to the sunrise function, gently preparing you for bed in a peaceful fashion.

The clever clock retails at £74.95, but allows you to arise gently ready to take on the world.

To win one please enter via the rafflecopter and leave a comment telling me why you need a Lumie Bodyclock Go. Additional entries are allowed via social media and liking etc, please see full terms before entering.

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Terms and Conditions

  • The promoter of this competition is Outside In (Cambridge) Ltd, 3 The Links, Trafalgar Way Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB23 8UD
  • By entering this competition you accept the following terms and conditions.
  • The competition is open to United Kingdom residents aged 18 and over only, excluding employees of the Promoter or anyone else connected to the competition and/or their immediate family.
  • Winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received before the closing date.
  • The competition starts on January 26th and closes on February 9th 2014 12.00am GMT.  Entries after this time will be discounted.
  • Entry is deemed as a blog comment using the rafflecopter – bonus entries are allowed.
  • Prize winners take full responsibility for any and all liability, claims, demands or causes of action they may hereafter have for injuries or damages arising in connection with any prize and the use thereof and agree not to sue or make claim against the Promoter for damages or other losses sustained from using any prize.
  • The first prize is a Lumie Bodyclock Go
  • The prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered
  • The winner will be announced on this website within 14 days of the competition ending.  The winner will be contacted by e-mail, if they do not respond within 3 days another winner may be chosen.
  • Entries using any software or automated process to make bulk entries will be disqualified.
  • The Promoter’s decision on all matters is final and binding on all entrants.
  • No Correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entries that do not comply in full with these terms and conditions will be disqualified.
  • Prize winners take full responsibility for any and all liability, claims, demands or causes of action they may hereafter have for injuries or damages arising in connection with any prize and the use thereof and agree not to sue or make claim against the Promoter for damages or other losses sustained from using any prize.
  • Where prizes are to be provided by a third party this website will have no responsibility for the acts or defaults of any other persons.
  • All personal information about prize winners collected for the purpose of this competition may be shared with other Promoter entities and/or agents so that prizes can be delivered. Entrants accept that if they win a prize, the Promoter will have the right, without additional payment or permission, to use their name, age, town of residence and likeness for the purposes of announcing the winner of this competition and for related promotional purposes.
  • By taking part in this competition you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and by the decisions of the Promoter which are final in all matters relating to the competition.
  • The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and/or winner in its absolute discretion for any reason and without notice in accordance with these terms and conditions.
  • This promotion is governed by the laws of England.

 

As a child, I loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and I thrived on watching the superhero foursome Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo.  I even dressed as Leo (the mighty leader for a fancy dress party – my main memory is of being incredibly hot!)

Hence why I am pretty excited to be giving away a copy of Season One on the blog today!

All you need to do to enter is follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter, and leave a comment telling who your favourite Turtle is!

Winner will be chosen at random on January 6th.

3 Facts about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

All the Turtles are trained in the art of ninjutsu

There was once a female Turtle who just mysteriously disappeared.

Uncle Phil from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air was the voice of Shredder in the orginal movie.

To enter – follow the rafflecopter instrictions and leave a comment telling me who your favourite Turtle is.

Dont forget to read the terms below before entering.

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Terms and Conditions

  • The promoter of this competition is MarketME Ltd Second Floor, 7 – 10 Charlotte Mews | London | W1T 4ED
  • By entering this competion you accept the following terms and conditions.
  • The competition is open to United Kingdom residents aged 18 and over only, excluding employees of the Promoter or anyone else connected to the competition and/or their immediate family.
  • Winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received before the closing date.
  • The competition starts on December 18th 2013 closes on the 6th of January 2013 at 12.00am GMT.  Entries after this time will be discounted.
  • Entry is deemed as a blog comment using the rafflecopter – bonus entries are allowed.
  • Prize winners take full responsibility for any and all liability, claims, demands or causes of action they may hereafter have for injuries or damages arising in connection with any prize and the use thereof and agree not to sue or make claim against the Promoter for damages or other losses sustained from using any prize.
  • The first prize is a Season One DVD Of Teenage Mutant Ninja Tutles as detailed here.
  • The prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered
  • The winner will be announced on this website within 14 days of the competition ending.  The winner will be contacted by e-mail, if they do not respond within 3 days another winner may be chosen.
  • Entries using any software or automated process to make bulk entries will be disqualified.
  • The Promoter’s decision on all matters is final and binding on all entrants.
  • No Correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entries that do not comply in full with these terms and conditions will be disqualified.
  • Prize winners take full responsibility for any and all liability, claims, demands or causes of action they may hereafter have for injuries or damages arising in connection with any prize and the use thereof and agree not to sue or make claim against the Promoter for damages or other losses sustained from using any prize.
  • Where prizes are to be provided by a third party this website will have no responsibility for the acts or defaults of any other persons.
  • All personal information about prize winners collected for the purpose of this competition may be shared with other Promoter entities and/or agents so that prizes can be delivered. Entrants accept that if they win a prize, the Promoter will have the right, without additional payment or permission, to use their name, age, town of residence and likeness for the purposes of announcing the winner of this competition and for related promotional purposes.
  • By taking part in this competition you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and by the decisions of the Promoter which are final in all matters relating to the competition.
  • The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and/or winner in its absolute discretion for any reason and without notice in accordance with these terms and conditions.
  • This promotion is governed by the laws of England.